Time for Palin to Step Down

Kathleen Parker offers Sarah Palin some sage advice:

Palin didn’t make a mess cracking the glass ceiling. She simply glided through it.

It was fun while it lasted.

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there. Here’s but one example of many from her interview with Hannity: “Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.”


Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.

Do it for your country.


6 thoughts on “Time for Palin to Step Down”

  1. I can almost understand your distaste for Palin, kinda, but I'd be eager to see you compare her credentials to those of Harry Truman. Truman was, so far as I can tell, equally widely disregarded, yet came through pretty well.

    Me, I'm fine with her. I don't think a VP has to run the board on Jeopardy. We keep electing those kinds of people, too, and look where we are.

    PS I ask this here and not elsewhere because I might get a straight answer.

  2. Are you serious?

    We elected a moron president in 2000 and look where it got us!

    And as for Harry Truman, again you've got to be kidding. He was a damn horrible president who bombed civilian targets in Japan for no good reason, and the public got rid of him in favor of Eisenhower as soon as it woke up from war fever. But Truman, for all of that, had a serious resume when he was elected VP: “Truman was elected a judge of the Jackson County Court (an administrative position) in 1922. He became a Senator in 1934. During World War II he headed the Senate war investigating committee, checking into waste and corruption and saving perhaps as much as 15 billion dollars.”

    Can you seriously compare that to 18 months as governor of Petroland? And please, don't pretend that the Wasilla City Council and mayor's office counts for squat – there are Student Councils larger than that hole.

    Dude, there is nothing to like about Palin except her ability to annoy liberals, and in this case the liberals are right. If Palin is elected, the terrorists will have won.

  3. You know and I know that Ike would have won that election even if Jesus Christ had descended from heaven to take Truman's place. Never was a Presidency so pre-ordained.

    Well, I'd hoped for a straight answer, and I guess I got one — Petroland, student council, and moron. There ya go then.

  4. Kathleen Parker's artilces do not belong on the pages of
    National Review. With her anti-Palin article, I
    believe she should be on staff at Dailykos.
    When Parker runs a city and a state … and,
    successfully fight's corruption … and gets a
    9 billion dollar energy project for her state, and generates an 85% approval rating from her state,
    maybe then her credibility, and opinion would be worth something.
    Instead, she is merely a critic, who from the sidelines, has betrayed Republicans, and the readership of Nationalreview

  5. Parker's view of Palin is consistent with that of her boss at National Reviewer, editor-in-chief Rich Lowry. He says: “I've been swamped with other stuff, but just for the record: I thought Palin was dreadful. She obviously didn't have the reaction to the Charlie Gibson interview that I had hoped. She had better be better prepared for next week or she risks damaging her political brand forevermore.” ( http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MDY2MD… )

    Palin's bandwagon is losing passengers every day.

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